Supply Chain

Publication June 2013

Marks and Spencer has forged ahead with plans to educate 500,000 of its supply chain workers in areas such as employee rights, as well as boosting the amount of sustainable cotton used in its products, according to its latest “Plan A’ report.

So far, 244,000 workers largely in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bangladesh and China have been trained up in topics such as nutritional education and family planning, financial literacy, employee rights and employment contracts, putting the retailer on course to meet its target of educating 500,000 by 2015.

Other areas of progress include the sustainable sourcing of cotton – M&S hopes to buy 25 per cent of cotton in this way by 2015. Currently, 11 per cent of the cotton used to make M&S products is either Fairtrade, Organic, Recycled or grown to Better Cotton Initiativestandards, up from 3.8 per cent in 2011/12.

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